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18. April 2012

During the Jazzkaar Festival from April 20-29, there is a wonderful opportunity to see an exhibition called „Jazzonance” by Hungarian photographer István Csaba Sánta. It’s a high value collection of the portraits of world’s famous jazz musicians. While working as a freelance photographer he has taken photos of many stars of jazz, including the ones already performed on Jazzkaar – Courtney Pine, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves etc. The photographer has followed the musicians on their tours from concert to concert, sometimes travelling thousands of kilometers for just one show.

István Csaba Sánta (1978, Sepsiszentgyörgy) moved from Transilvania to Budapest where in 2002 he graduated from a school of photography. The same year he met with Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer, and later with Josef Koudelka, who both had great influence of Sánta choosing his career.

With photography a new passion was discovered – travelling. István Csaba Sánta has auto-stopped through most of the Europe and even managed to hitchike to Africa. He´s visited Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and the reason he´s doing it is simple – to immortalize different cultures. Mostly he focuses on those who live in constant need. He pays special attention to the gypsies’ world, their form of living, their habits. He regularly goes back to Transylvania, and keeps contact with gypsies on many sites.

In 2004 he was admitted by the Society of Hungarian Press Photographers. The society was closed in 2008 and István Csaba Sánta became a member of the Association of Hungarian Journalists as a freelance press photographer. Since 2008 he is a member of the Hungarian Jazz Federation as a jazz photographer.

His works have been published in several publications and appeared on many exhibitions. In 2007 he won Hungarian Press Award in the art category with the photo of African jazz singer Simphiwe Dana.

Awards, exhibitions
Hungarian Press Award 2010, Documentary category – 2nd prize
Hungarian Press Award 2007, art category – 1st prize
2008 “100 féle Erdély”, Budapest, Hungary
2007 “STOP”, Sepsiszentgyörgy, Romania

Take look at István Csaba Sánta photos from HERE!